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George North Suffers Second Serious Head Injury In Two Months

Winger Also Knocked Out In Six Nations In February


Northampton Saints winger George North was knocked out for the second time in two months on Friday evening in his side’s win over Wasps.

He suffered a blow to the head from the knee of Wasps’ Nathan Hughes, who was sent off for foul play, as he scored a try.

North, 22, has told fans he is “feeling OK” after the incident, but former teammates have expressed concern about the timing of the incident, which comes just six weeks after he was knocked out playing for Wales against England in February, and the impact it may have on the winger.

Following the incident in the Six Nations he missed one game during an “extended rest period”, but returned to play the final three games of the tournament.

Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams told the BBC he would back a decision to rest George North for the remainder of the season if it was recommended by medical professionals.

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Expert Opinion
This latest incident demonstrates the risk of repeated concussions and head injuries for those that play contact sports. It confirms the need for clear and comprehensive policies to deal with head injuries in rugby.

“Clearly, no position in rugby is immune from head injuries and concussion, particularly in today’s game where players who may have traditionally been less likely to be involved in physical contact are being required to be more physical.

“Thankfully, in this incident the player responsible for the injury, which was caused by foul play, was sent from the field and may face further disciplinary action. It is crucial foul play involving blows to the head, which can leave victims suffering with long-term health implications, are dealt with appropriately.
Stephen Nye, Partner

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